The Pink Lady Gets a Face Lift – La Valencia Hotel

La Valencia Hotel



 This wedding planner has had a crazy start to the wedding season! I haven’t had the chance, until now, to tell you all about my fabulous trip to the La Valencia Hotel for a delectable lunch with great colleagues.  I was honored to be invited by Mark Dibella (General Manage), Rita Moore (Director of Catering) and Bobby Fader (Sales Catering Manager) for a luncheon to see all of the wonderful changes in store for the property. It was so exciting to hear the passion and enthusiasm in the voices of the La V team. It’s one of my favorite properties. I can’t wait to bring my clients to this beautiful hotel!

Me and the Director of Catering, the wonderful Rita Moore.

Me and the Director of Catering, the wonderful Rita Moore.

Upon sitting down, we learned that we were actually the last event in the La Sala Lounge before the renovation. What an honor. This room is already so beautiful. It has the best view in all of La Jolla, and maybe even San Diego. I have been back since, and let me say, it is worth the trip to see it. I highly recommend their Sunday Brunch. It’s the best in San Diego.


Our table decor was designed by the beautifully talented Jennifer Cole of Jennifer Cole Florals. I love this sweet design of a lil bling meets natural beauty.


Place setting and favor

Lunch was fabulous! I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves!

La Valencia Hotel

First Course: Champagne Gelee, Strawberry, Mint Caviar

Second Course: Clam and Scallop Stuffed Prawn

Second Course: Clam and Scallop Stuffed Prawn

Third Course: Salad   Boston Lettuce, Pomegranate, Bleu Cheese,  Pine Nuts, Red Onion

Third Course: Salad – Boston Lettuce, Pomegranate, Bleu Cheese, Pine Nuts, Red Onion

La Valencia Luncheon

Fourth Course: Roasted Corvina, Garbanzo Puree, Salsa Vera Cruz, Crusted Parmesan

La Valencia Dessert

Fifth Course: Dessert! A lil bit of heaven!

La Valencia Hotel Dessert

Fifth Course: Dessert…yes, their were two kinds of dessert!

This lovely get together was orchestrated by one of my favorite peeps, Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings. This woman goes the extra mile to ensure everything she does is nothing short of fabulous.

Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings

Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings

After lunch, Rita walked us through more of the property. Though I am familiar with it, I want to share it with all of you. Here are some great photos of one of their beautiful suites.

 Suite La Valencia

Suite La Valencia Hotel



 What better way to end a great Luncheon than with gifts!!!

La Valencia


Thank you to all the other Wedding Professionals that made this luncheon great!  Braja Mandala for the beautiful photography and Concepts Event Design for the gorgeous linen and chiavari chairs.


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Charity Wedding Dress Sale

Did you ever think you could actually find a coupon pertaining to wedding gowns!? Us either! So we wanted to share this with you all. Find a beautiful gown, at an amazing price AND support a great charity! Happy shopping!

SD Dress Sale Nov 14-17

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A Wedding Professional gets Hitched!

I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite peeps in the industry. Tricia Sadikoff (now Tricia Taylor!), Catering Sales Manager at The Hotel Del, hired her favorite and most trusted vendors to ensure her day was all she had hoped for! Take a peek at Tricia and Terry’s special day!

Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Floral Design: Organic Elements 

Rentals: Affairs Party Rental, The Hostess Haven

Catering: The Vetted Table

Bar: Bellamy’s Catering

Desserts:  Elizabethan Desserts

Entertainment: Entertainment at Large

Photography: Brant Bender Photography

Videography: Joe Park Films



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Jessica Featured on Wedding Trends on CW6 Morning News

I was honored to be asked again to do a feature on Wedding Trends for CW6. I am so blessed to be able to work with such amazing professionals everyday, and when I need them, they are always there!

Lavonne, of Adorations Botanical Artistry, was by side, not only to ensure the table looked amazing, but to support me and our industry. I can see why brides love and trust in her as much as they do. She is not only an amazing talent, she has a genuine passion for what she does. Thank you so much Lavonne. You were flawless, as usual.

My good friends, Fred and Haydee Alderete, owner of Concepts Event Design, are always ready to support and lend whatever beautiful linen and decor needed. Thank you Haydee and Fred! It looked amazing!

Katie Gaines, of Love Paper Paint…I think we have been working together for about 7 years and you have NEVER disappointed me. Thank you for, not only what you did for our Wedding Trends segment, but for what you do for me and my clients everyday.

The last thing we featured on this segment was The Bridal List. It’s a great website that allows brides and grooms to buy and sell wedding items such as gowns,  jewelry,  fabric, decor, etc. And…IT’S FREE!!!



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The Fastest and HEATHIEST Way to Loose Weight Before the Wedding!

bride with artichoke bouquet

Yes, you heard me!  A fast AND healthy way to loose weight. I have been in the wedding industry for over a decade and have heard a million theories as to how a bride can loose weight for her big day. Some, help you loose weight fast…but aren’t so healthy. Some are healthy…but take forever!

I would like to introduce the amazing, talented and (most important) passionate, Tovah Terranova. My hubby and I, along with a group of our friend’s, joined Tovah on a cleanse that changed our everyday eating habits, forever. It was amazing. So without further ado, Tovah Terranova….


So you’ve said yes, bought the dress. You’re making plans and negotiating with yourself at every meal…. Will this help me or keep me from fitting into my dress? You’re getting into single digits for the countdown, you want to keep your cool, and if you just simply don’t fit, you know you’ll lose it.

Instead of freaking out and crash dieting, starving yourself, remember this is not the Hunger Games people. You’re going to have to deal with whatever wreck you leave yourself in the moment after you say your “I do’s.”

Here are 10 tried and very true ways to keep whatever extremes you’ve gone to thus far going, without breaking the bank, starting over, or just plain giving up as you near your nuptials:


#1 Ditch the carbs. That’s right, paleo style. Wheat and other gluten products can cause all types of tummy troubles, in addition to bloat and weight gain. Many people don’t even know they’re gluten intolerant & can easily avoid discomfort. What is gluten intolerance? Click here to learn more.

#2 Go Vegetarian. Veggie downing animal lovers are having their hay day. Get busy learning why vegetarianism is so fantastic. You’ll cut the calories of your meals in one fail swoop. Just make sure that you double up on the dark, green leafy veggies in exchange. Say “yes” to broccoli. Here’s a fantastic place to start!

#3  Switch to almond milk-this low calorie, guilt free, simple switch will help you get rid of unnecessary mucus stuck in the digestive tract. This means less bloat, better skin, less fatigue & better more restorative sleep.

#4 Green smoothie it up! Want to get that gorgeous glow without breaking the bank? Work on putting more living foods into your diet. More fresh fruits and veggies makes for better overall health. Even if you’re a former junk food junkie, green smoothies, salads, and fresh air always make for a sexy, reinvigoration of the spirit. In need of a recipe? Check out one of my fave’shere.

#5 Get moving! I’m no mistress of the obvious on this one, getting up and getting active is definitely a better choice than curling up on the couch with a snack. You don’t have to go crazy, join a gym, or devote your life to yoga (although some have). Simple choices like stairs over the elevator or parking further away add up over time. If you’re curious how much you move in one day already invest in an activity tracker like this one.

#6 Ditch the packaged snacks & “diet” products. Choose higher carb choices before 3pm when digestive power is at it’s peak. And when the after lunch sweet tooth calls, opt for healthier, whole food choices. Strawberries, and blueberries are great examples of low glycemic index fruits that are delicious and guilt free. Anything labeled “diet” is officially toxic my friend, steer clear!

#7 Limit Alcohol. No one’s going to tell you to stop drinking, it’s YOUR wedding we’re celebrating here. Of course there’s plenty of wiggle room, just make sure you plan well, eat a good meal so you don’t go petit for crazy 2 bellini’s later at your engagement brunch.

From wedding coordination appointments, tastings, the rehearsal dinner, and then down to the actual wedding itself, no doubt everyone thinks you have the biggest excuse to drink up. By pacing yourself in the months prior to your big day you’re saving yourself in the long run. Alcohol is full of empty calories, can cause dehydration, fatigue and potential illness (alcohol compromises the immune system, couple that with stress & you’re officially fighting a “bug”).

#8 Get your beauty rest. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep darlin’. Go to bed early when you can, and make sure you attempt at least 8 hours a night. You know you’re getting enough sleep when you awaken refreshed and energetic, ready for the day.

#9 Hydrate! Everyone should be drinking ½ their weight in ounces (i.e. if you weigh 150 lbs. you should be ingesting 75 oz. per day, prior to exercise). Water is a great way to shed pounds, detoxify, clear up blemishes in addition to losing weight effortlessly. Hydration also aids in waste elimination, and the reduction of bloat. It’s a win win!

#10 Flex your intuition. Listen to your body. Wherever you’re at in the planning process you have a race set out before you. Over scheduling commitments can lead to stress & overwhelm. Rest, relax & go back to the parts of planning that make you happy! Keeping stress at bay is just as important as exercise and eating a balanced diet before you walk down that aisle. And of course, if you’re feeling the pressure of planning that big day, there’s no better way to de-stress than to enlist the help of my favorite wedding planner, Mrs. Jessica Gillon of Events by Design!


Tovah Terranova has led an extremely personal journey to find her life after being diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune and severe inflammatory disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 25. As her condition rapidly worsened she realized some things needed to change in a big way if she was going to get on with her life. After discovering the healing powers of the plant based lifestyle, & raw juicing she’s better than ever. Five years later she’s thriving and ready to share with the community how they too can change their life, reverse and prevent disease. Disease is not something you have to live with or “survive.” You can change your life, learn to move past your illness and still be able to live out your dreams. She’s now turned her passion for helping others, writing and events into a business: GreenLife Cleanse & Detox (launching Nationally 2013) is the first of it’s kind to offer compassion, cutting edge science and educational info & workshops to those wishing to revolutionize their health one meal at a time.

Jessica here, again!  Thank you Tovah for your words of wisdom! You continue to change lives and the way people think about food and their health, everyday. You are an inspiration!

Tovah writes about her experiences and lessons along the way on her blog. And has written a book, “The Vegan with a Leather Purse.” I encourage you all to check it out!


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